Best Projects 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category click HERE
"Waridi” is a Swahili word meaning rose flower.
Explain your project in details:
Violence against girls and women is a threat to lasting peace, development and achievement of sustainable development goals. Despite Kenya making progress in enacting the sexual offences act massive gaps still remain. Adolescent Girls and Young Women from rural and peri- urban settlements are greatly affected by sexual violence particularly defilement and rape. Moreover, defilement and rape cases are not reported, if reported the police system is reluctant in arresting perpetrators, the health system handles the cases with high levels of negligence, not presenting strong evidence at a court of law compromises an individual’s case and as a result of shame attached to sexual violence parents to the victims opt for out of court settlements which deny young girls justice. Closing these existing gaps in sexual violence is a commitment from Youth Changers Kenya (YCK). Waridi project seeks to increase knowledge levels of key gate keepers on SGBV, provide girls with practical self defense skills, train human rights champions who report abuse cases and offer psycho-social support to victims of abuse. Sexual violence model employs a systemic process which is innovative it uses soccer & dance,leadership model that is for the youth & by the youth; it targets gate keepers they include: chiefs, police, clinical officers and community health volunteers. They are trained on their roles in addressing SGBV and the legal framework of SGBV in Kenya, at community level human rights champions have been trained to identify, report and assist victims of abuse to get medical support.Male involvement, patriarchy and positive masculinity are addressed in the project.Additionally, girls are taught practical self defense strategies, victims of abuse are linked up to safe houses and individual & group counseling is provided (trauma counseling and self esteem). YCK works with women rights organizations that provide pro-bono legal
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
YCK believes that addressing sexual violence among women and girls is a key component in achieving gender equality which is sustainable development goal 5. When adolescent girls and young women are free from violence then there is lasting peace, development and a secure future can be realized. When boys and young men join the fight against violence human rights are protected, respected and fulfilled. Kenya and the rest of the world cannot develop economically, politically and socially when women the rights of women and girls are violated this can affect their productivity and ability to meaningfully contribute to national development. Good health and well being cannot be realized if girls and women are constantly experiencing emotional and psychological distress. Thus, it is important to challenge the status quo and fight sexual violence. The Waridi project has reached out to 50 key gate keepers in Limuru constituency, trained 40 human rights champions, provided trauma counseling to 30 girls, trained 500 girls on self defense and 10 girls have been taken to safe houses. YCK evaluates success by analyzing the number of participants and quality of group therapy sessions, gather responses from key gate keepers by conducting pre-post evaluation, change and increase in knowledge levels among young girls and key gate keepers, reduced cases of sexual abuse and number of people reached and feedback received from the project.
Sustainability and future plans
Pro-bono model: YCK provides SGBV information and services to adolescent girls and young women who come from peri-urban settlements and rural areas for free this is because the girls are not able to afford and at times the project receives funding and donations. Business model; YCK provides technical support on SGBV to organizations working with Adolescent girls and young women at a cost, 70% of the money earned from consultancies supports the Waridi project. Agri-business model; YCK does small scale farming 10% of the money obtained from farming is dedicated to the Waridi project. Customer model; A structured program has been developed that will require girls to pay a subsidized fee so as to access information, services and support on SGBV. As a result they will receive comprehensive training and counseling. The girls will be required to pay 30% of the total cost. YCK looks forward to creating more partnership with cooperates and schools for growth, replicate the project in other counties in Kenya, increase the number of stakeholders and beneficiaries reached with the program, hold more events and franchise the model. YCK will also employ more staff who can work in different offices.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Venoranda Rebecca Kuboka is from Kenya, she is 31 years old, a child and youth therapist who has 8 years of experience in the area of sexual reproductive health and rights, human rights and advocacy. Youth Changers Kenya was started as a result of high rates of teenage pregnancy, early marriage and sexual violence being witnessed within her village. She is persistent, a risk taker a great leader and motivated by the fact that her words and actions can save a life, there people who look up to her (I have a pool of young women I mentor). Venoranda has played a key role in International, Regional and National processes to lobby and advocate for policy reforms on sexual reproductive health and rights and has actively participated in ICPD programme of action representing the youth in different countries. She has written articles in the local newspapers concerning youth friendly services, parent youth communication, mental health and sexuality. And has vast experience with the media in Kenya through interviews, features and radio programs by highlighting issues affecting young adolescent girls and Youths. She has had the privilege of being a board member with a global organization that seeks to promote sexual health and human rights. Venoranda has received recognition from Zuri awards for promoting the rights of women and girls. She was recently given an award as the best scientist in the area of child and adolescent sexual health. Venoranda is an alumni of YALI East Africa leadership program and a fellow at the Obama Africa foundation.